By Jenny Gregory

Cleveland, Ga. – According to the U.S. News & World Report’s (USN&WR) 2018 Best Colleges list, Truett McConnell University [TMU] ranks the second highest Regional College in the South for least student debt. According to the report, the average amount of debt upon graduation at TMU is $15,542. There are 324 Regional Colleges, as classified by USN&WR, in the nation.

Institutions are ranked according to their performance across a set of widely accepted indicators of excellence: graduation and first-year student retention rates, assessment by administrators at peer institutions, faculty and financial resources, admissions selectivity and alumni giving.

“In an age where student debt is skyrocketing, now totaling more than $1.4 trillion, it is incumbent upon a Christian institution to do all we can to minimize student debt in order to free students to follow their call without financial encumbrance,” said TMU President, Dr. Emir Caner.

“For the faculty and staff at TMU, our biblical worldview maintains that we should serve others sacrificially, one facet of which is to help students graduate without burdensome debt. While we wish we could find a way to nullify all student debt altogether, we will, at the least, do all we can to be a blessing to students that the Lord has entrusted to us.”

“As this ranking demonstrates,” Caner said, “parents and students alike can have great confidence that the TMU family will do all we can to meet their needs and equip them to find their calling.”

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Jenny Gregory is the Content Manager for Truett McConnell University.

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